New PDF release: A Political Theory of Territory

By Margaret Moore

ISBN-10: 0190222247

ISBN-13: 9780190222246

Our international is presently divided into territorial states that withstand all makes an attempt to alter their borders. yet what entitles a country, or the folks it represents, to imagine monopoly keep an eye on over a specific piece of the Earth's floor? Why are they allowed to avoid others from coming into? What if or extra states, or or extra teams of individuals, declare a similar piece of land?

Political philosophy, which has had greatly to assert in regards to the courting among country and citizen, has mostly neglected those questions on territory. This booklet offers solutions. It justifies the assumption of territory itself by way of the ethical price of political self-determination; it additionally justifies, inside limits, these components that we generally go along with territorial rights: rights of jurisdiction, rights over assets, correct to manage borders and so forth. The publication deals normative information over a couple of vital concerns dealing with us this day, all of which contain territory and territorial rights, yet that are at the moment handled through advert hoc reasoning: disputes over assets; disputes over barriers, oceans, unoccupied islands, and the frozen Arctic; disputes rooted in historic injustices with reference to land; secessionist conflicts; and irredentist conflicts. In a global during which there's persisted strain on borders and regulate over assets, from potential migrants and from the determined terrible, and no coherent idea of territory to imagine via those difficulties, this ebook deals an unique, systematic, and complicated concept of why territory concerns, who has rights over territory, and the scope and boundaries of those rights.

"This is a well-written, well-argued e-book on an awfully vital and until eventually lately ignored subject. Moore is impressively an expert of the entire correct philosophical literature and does an outstanding activity generally of distinguishing her view from these of others akin to Miller, Waldron, Kolers, Meisels, and 9. Moore succeeds in staking out a brand new, but very believable position-one that avoids the deficiencies of rival theories."-Allen Buchanan, James B. Duke Professor, Duke college

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There were, of course, conceptions of good governance and, relatedly, numerous guides to how a prince should behave, but these are analogous to conceptions of how a lord should treat his vassals and rule over his own property. The main link was between the sovereign and his/her territory, conceived of as a kind of property, and no integral relationship was established between the people and political authority or people and territory. Not only were territorial jurisdictions subject to dynastic alliances and marriages, they were also considered part of the ‘spoils’ of war.

3 While the place is typically their own place, membership in the political community means that this right has to be respected somewhere within it, and Hobbes even suggests that it should be upheld by the sovereign. Why might we think that individuals have moral rights of residency? The principal appeal, I think, is to the idea that people have a right to a place: as Hobbes and Walzer suggested, we are physical beings and so we occupy space; but also within that place we develop projects and relationships and pursue a general way of life to which we are typically attached.

In that case, we can say that A is accessible to us in the sense that there is a path to Z, even though it is an indirect path which can be pursued only over time. Even when the moral rights to territory are not directly realizable, the normative theory of territorial rights put forward in this book enables us to consider the justifiability of our current institutions and practices, and gives us reason to work, through our political organizations, through social groups, or even directly in our actions, towards a better world order.

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